UCC students shine brightly at the All Stars

On a glittering night to mark an equally glittering GAA season, the stars of the GAA world descended upon the Dublin Convention Centre for the PWC GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2017. The gala black-tie event recognises the individual achievements of GAA’s finest in both sporting codes: hurling and Gaelic football. It was a particularly memorable night…

Highs and Lows for College in 2017

Away from the pitch; it has been an equally tried and tested year for UCC’s other clubs. Following a mixed year for the college’s soccer and GAA clubs the baton was firmly passed to judo, surfing, squash, archery and tennis and who enjoyed a multitude of successes over the intervarsity season. UCC Judo added to…

Football Teams of Yesteryear

There’s always an interesting dynamic among football fans in Ireland, in that people rarely support their local teams, instead opting to follow a team across the sea in England. You have Liverpool, Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal fans in spades, usually depending on how successful they were when the person in question was a kid….

Bermingham’s Balancing Act

UCC Sports Studies Alumni Stephen Birmingham has enjoyed quite a few weeks here on Leeside. From being awarded a Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Sports Studies to guiding Cork City under 19’s to the Enda McGuill Cup, and through the first round of the UEFA Youth League with a win over HJK Helsinki. Birmingham was…

Rebel Ladies Reign Supreme

Last weekend a total of 18 UCC Students, past and present, were on the Cork Ladies Football team that won an unprecedented sixth All Ireland title in-a-row following a 1-7 to 1-6 victory over Dublin at Croke Park. On the squad of current UCC Students included Meabh O’Sullivan, Roisin Phelan, Doireann O’Sullivan, Marie Ambrose, Mairead…

The Black card: A pure detriment to our game.

“Here we go again. The black card debate”. My immediate, intrinsic reaction to the conflicting voices which converge every Sunday night. This widely-discussed topic seems to be at the epicentre of all Gaelic football enthusiast’s agenda at the moment. So much so that even a laborious five minutes attention devoted to Mr. Joe Brolly technically…